Issaawiya, Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal)
Entering Issawiya from French Hill
Police metal barriers are placed on the road, forcing drivers to negotiate their way between them. Many police vehicles and personnel appear to be getting organized. There was no checking of drivers or pedestrians at any point.
Along the road from the French Hill intersection and as far as the turn into the border police base on the border of E1, small groups of soldiers are scattered. We did not see any blockage at the entrance to Issawiya from this direction.
Very few crossing on Christmas Day. Only one track is open, and crossing is efficient and relatively quick.
The magnometer beeps without pause, and the female soldier asks to ignore it.